Also feted was former casting director turned producer-director Wallis Nicita, who took home the CSA’s Hoyt Bowers Award. Kevin Costner made the presentation.
Brillstein takes credit for developing John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner. Along with Brillstein-Grey Entertainment chairman Brad Grey, he currently guides the careers of “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels and previous “SNL” stars Martin Short, Adam Sandler, Dennis Miller, Molly Shannon and David Spade. He also manages Rob Lowe, among others.
Before ditching her casting director hat for a producer title in the mid-’90s, Nicita, who trained under casting vets Marion Dougherty and Juliet Taylor, secured casts for “WarGames,” “Masquerade,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and 28 other pics.
Prior to segueing into producing, Nicita served as VP of Talent for Warner Bros.’ feature department for three years.
Debra Zane, “Traffic”
Avy Kaufman, “State and Main”
John Papsidera, “Memento”
ANIMATED VOICEOVER (FEATURE)
Ruth Lambert, “The Emperor’s New Groove”
ANIMATED VOICEOVER (TV)
Mary V. Buck and Susan Edelman, “The Oblongs”
Mali Finn, “61*”
Mary V. Buck and Susan Edelman, “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”
John Levey, Kevin Scott and Barbara Miller (casting executive), “The West Wing”
Nikki Valko and Ken Miller, “Ally McBeal”
April Webster, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
Bonnie Zane, “Ed”
Mark Teschner, “General Hospital”
Nancy Piccione, “Proof”
Jim Carnahan, “The Man Who Came to Dinner”
Geoffrey Johnson and Vincent Liff, “The Producers”
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
HOYT BOWERS AWARDS